If you are contemplating a Pencak Silat school, or are a beginning student, the following is to help you so that you don't critically injure yourself the first few years: 1: Silat is a unique art, and it requires flexibility beyond most other arts, but not in the sense of kicks to the head or anything like that. You need to be limber and relaxed to accept the rigorous training methods many schools employ. To this end, I would first and foremost encourage you to take some Yoga. You don't have to become an advanced practitioner, but I have found that Yoga is the closest thing to the motion of Silat, and it will prepare your joints and muscles for the training. 2: Get your cardio together. Jog, dance, just MOVE, but do it until you can keep up the pace for 30 minutes or so. Pencak Silat is all about body movement, so you won't be in a static stance very often. 3: Practice going from standing to kneeling to squatting to standing again. Do squat thrusts, ducking exercises and high-low bobbing drills. Silat employs all body levels and you could be called upon to demonstrate any random pattern of them at once. 4: Silat tends to be more violent than other arts. This can be quite the eye-opener at first, remember to take the training SLOW. Allow yourself some time to adjust to what is being asked of you, don't try to rush through anything. Slower will get you there faster. 5: Attire: Go to your local sarong shop & buy yourself something pretty.